Crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app Waze is testing a new car pooling feature that it hopes will lead to less congested roads. Waze, which is owned by Google, has partnered with companies in the San Francisco Bay Area that have a total of 25,000 employees. They will download a free app allowing them to start or join a current carpool with other Waze users that have the same or similar commute each morning and evening.The free app is called Waze Rider and the companies participating in the test include UCSF, Adobe and Walmart Global eCommerce. These companies were selected for the carpool test because they are close to Google's offices. Since Google had already tested Waze Rider with its own employees, adding these companies is sure to result in additional carpools since all of the firms are in close proximity to each other.Waze carpool drivers request that riders pay them the IRS carpooling average of 54 cents per mile per rider to cover gas and wear on their vehicle. For the test … [Read more...] about New carpooling service being tested by Waze in San Francisco
The second Apple coming for this year is about to happen tomorrow, September 9 (10 am PT), and this has been made official as Kanye's 2020 presidential aspirations! Cupertino's flags are flying above the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the tech media won't stop writing about Apple, and at this point everyone knows the new iPhones are right around the corner! But by the looks of it, Apple has plenty more to show besides the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus. After all, it didn't book a 7,000 seat venue just so Tim Cook could climb the stage, bellow "New iPhone! Force touch! $199!" and disappear in a cloud of smoke! So, here are 10 things one should (or shouldn't) expect from tomorrow's Apple event. Come on, we've got everything - from new Apple TV to a Taylor Swift performance! Here's everything you should expect (or not) from Apple's September 9 San Francisco event Here's everything you should expect (or not) from Apple's September 9 San Francisco event 1. The iPhone … [Read more...] about Here’s everything you should expect (or not) from Apple’s September 9 San Francisco event
You may have heard that Apple is holding an event in September, and it’s probably going to be a big deal. Big enough that on the next day, September 13th, we’re going to record The Vergecast in front of a live audience in San Francisco. You should come be part of that live audience, because it’s going to be a party. Here are the details: to come see the podcast live, you will need to be there, live. We’re setting up shop at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco and will open the doors at 6PM. Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn (me), and Paul Miller will be around to hang out for an hour or so, then we’ll record the show and take questions from the audience. We may even have a special guest! What will the podcast be about? Three guesses, but those guesses should be the three major things we’re expecting Apple to announce on the 12th: new iPhones, a new Apple TV, and a new Apple Watch. Okay, a fourth guess is fine: there will be dad jokes. So! Go … [Read more...] about Come join us for The Vergecast Live in San Francisco on September 13th!
Publicly, Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google parent Alphabet, says the vast majority of its autonomous vehicle testing is taking place in five cities: Mountain View, California; Austin, Texas; Kirkland, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; and most recently, Detroit, Michigan. But it would seem the company neglected to tell us about a crucial sixth city: its home turf of San Francisco. TechCrunch obtained pictures of a Waymo autonomous minivan on the fog-soaked streets of San Francisco, forcing the company to admit that it has returned to its city of origin, where it first began testing back in 2009. A Waymo spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It’s a significant move for a couple reasons. The addition of San Francisco to its roster of test cities is a sign that Waymo is interested in tackling denser, more congested urban streets after several years of sticking to smaller, more low-slung communities. And it would appear to be a shot across the bow of … [Read more...] about Waymo’s self-driving minivan spotted in San Francisco
The camera in your pocket is about to get better. Again. Apple has always packed serious photography power inside the iPhone, and the iPhone 8 Plus is no exception. With a new 12-megapixel sensor that captures color and texture in stunning detail and dual wide-angle and telephoto lenses, the iPhone 8 Plus delivers a serious camera. In his review, Scott Stein rates the iPhone 8 Plus "the best iPhone you can buy" — at the moment — but calls its design "dated." I focused on how well it takes photographs. I set out on an adventure in and around San Francisco, CNET's hometown, to capture the city's eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks and natural beauty -- testing a range of lighting conditions, photography modes and filters. To do that, I boated on San Francisco Bay, fished on Ocean Beach, biked around Angel Island and walked through Chinatown with the soon-to-be-released iPhone 8 Plus in hand. More than 2,000 photos later, I feel like I have a good sense of what … [Read more...] about One iPhone 8 Plus, three days in San Francisco: A photo journey